Presentation on theme: "Listening for Mission in your Context fresh expressions and mission projects - the fruit of inculturation."— Presentation transcript:
Listening for Mission in your Context
fresh expressions and mission projects - the fruit of inculturation
culture where Gospel is being shared church/team sharing the Gospel God speaks – His Gospel inculturation begins with listening
Inculturation begins with listening - Incarnational mission is a community process “from below” We need to move From detailed advance planning..... to discernment in context
The countryside is changing.... The countryside is changing.... In UK factors would include... From agricultural economy to tourism & commuting From agricultural economy to tourism & commuting Greater mobility Greater mobility Weakening sense of village community Weakening sense of village community Less experience of church in rural dwellers than in the past Less experience of church in rural dwellers than in the past Community through “networks” Community through “networks” Young adults migrating to urban areas Young adults migrating to urban areas Consumer culture - “buying into ideas” Consumer culture - “buying into ideas” DO YOU RECOGNISE SIMILAR CHANGES IN YOUR CONTEXT - WHAT OTHER FACTORS CAN YOU IDENTIFY?
360 degree listening Listening to the context/ culture Listening to ourselves and the Christian culture from which we come Listening to both in prayer, listening for where God is speaking
Listening to ourselves Where is the gap between you are and where the people are you wish to reach? What makes you feel uncomfortable about the group of people you are seeking to reach? Why? What underlies this? What are your values? What ought they to be?
Listen to your congregation...
Listening in your local area Talk with people Read the local paper (neighbourhoods) Notice patterns and places where people meet Notice how and about what people communicate (esp networks) Find out the needs and issues What are the values?
Ask God Mission is finding out what God is doing and joining in…. So, ask him What are You doing? How do You want us to join in Discerning God’s call can take time (Acts ) Listening is not just for the beginning of a church but needed throughout its development
All Saints, Sheepy Magna - Leicesterhire Need for Village Post Office Need
Sunday 4.6 Worship different in style to what was previously available locally
Xpressions Café Ability to come and go
Cafeplus+ need for community meeting First Sunday of the month 9:30am - 12:30pm The Village Hall, Haddenham, Bucks Cafeplus+ offers a place to: chill out over a cup of real coffee & the Sunday papers meet your friends or make new ones! take the children for some fun activities get some peace in our 'quiet space' enjoy breakfast and some 'Food4thought' join in a range of different activities for young and old alike
Messy Church A better time for families
Youth Church/ Networks Helping teenage disciples to grow and reach out
Tolland & elsewhere Connecting with Agricultural Roots & Seasons
Neo-monastic movements Hunger for Spiritual depth
What should we ask? Knowing and telling Clockface questions Questions that tick
22 S1 S2 S3 R K Alpha Social engagement - create lots of contacts to invite Inverted triangle – “the funnel” intro some spiritual content - story Truths of the Gospel Gospel & response Discipleship in church community Max number of people Min gospel content Max gospel content Min number of people Prayer
23 Inverted triangle – “the funnel” »Everyone is at a different place on their journey »All are moving at a different pace »So we don’t increase the gospel/spiritual content »But invite those who are ready to the next level »In this way we respect them and keep trust »The motive is love.. to help their journey
24 Fishing pools… stepping stones Events that increase the gospel “temperature” S1 S2 S3 R K
Exercise in groups Chose a mission field from one of your group? What are they already doing to provide S1, R stepping stones Where are the gaps? What could fill them?? 12 mins
Natter church Connecting with lonely retired people
S 1 – “natter” – a weekly afternoon drop in S 2/3 – “natter plus” – fortnightly stay for discipleship S 3/R – “natter Alpha” – once per year K – “natter with God” – monthly service after natter Stepping stones in “natter church”
How does listening feel? Overwhelming – what can we do? Frustrating/Inactive – when are we going to get on with it? Uncomfortable – you will find out things you don’t want to hear Surprising –God at work in unexpected places The further the culture you are trying to reach is away from your own culture, the longer it will take for you to understand what is going on
Inculturation involves sacrifice 'Dying to live’ “What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed… but God gives it a body as he has determined.” 1 Corinthians
“As the Father sent me, so I send you… Receive the Holy Spirit.”